WHO supports training course for injury prevention in Africa
19 July 2005 - In collaboration with WHO's Regional Office for Africa, the WHO Department of Injuries and Violence Prevention helped to fund, organize and deliver a four-day training course on injury prevention in Africa organized by the Injury Prevention Initiative for Africa. The course, which took place from 7-10 July in Port Said, Egypt, was attended by 29 participants representing governments, research centres and nongovernmental organizations from Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. The first two days of the course were devoted to general injury epidemiology and the last two days were committed to road traffic injury prevention specifically. The training was largely conducted by African experts, with support from two WHO members of staff and one facilitator from the Canadian Network of Surgeons International. The injury prevention course was held in the context of the 4th African Safe Communities Conference held from 3-5 July 2005 also in Port Said. An authorship development and writing skills workshop was organized for all participants on 6 July 2005. This workshop was aimed at improving the quality of abstracts to be submitted for the forthcoming 8th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion to be held in Durban, South Africa from 2-5 April 2006, and for future submissions to journals.